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Norfolk U15 Girls win Regional finals
25 Apr 2017
 
Norfolk U15 girls travelled to Redbridge for the East County finals with six NCHC girls in the squad of fifteen. Sophie Turner, Emily Spencer, Ellyn Roberts, Rachael Phillips, Sophia Bassett and Amelia Barclay all played major roles in the six matches against the other East Region counties. All six matches were wins for Norfolk with 28 goals being scored and no goals conceded to convincingly win the tournament.

Ali Shearer Runs for Cancer UK!
20 Apr 2017
 
Our very own Ali Shearer is running the London Marathon for Cancer UK this year, please read his story below and donate via the link for this great cause! 
 
"don't have a story linking me to Cancer. I'm fortunate to have had very little to do with it across my friends and family. I work with hundreds of children on a daily basis and thankfully again have had very little exposure to it across my eight years of teaching.  
 
But it's there and I know the day may come in the future and I want to be able to say that I've done my bit to help. Children with Cancer UK are doing amazing work on a daily basis and continue to change lives in ways that most of us will never appreciate.  
 
The marathon and this challenge are certainly changing me and my life throughout this process and I hope that by the time it's done and can look back and be proud of my achievements, but more importantly my fundraising efforts. 
 
Please think of me on these cold winter evenings and Sunday mornings and spare whatever you can to help."

Do you want to attend the England Hockey Awards?
19 Apr 2017
 
On Saturday 20 of May hockey lovers from across the country will gather to celebrate the achievements of volunteers, umpires, coaches and players over the past year at the England Hockey Awards Dinner 2017.  
 
Norwich City HC's own 17-year-old Thomas Ling, aka Lingy, has been shortlisted in the final three for the award of Rising Star at the awards and will find out on the night whether he has won.  
 
NCHC is able to buy tickets to attend the event - or even put together a table if enough people are interested in going. Tickets are £45 for an individual ticket, or £420 for tables of 10. If you're interested please get in touch with Norwich City club chair Karen Dagless, aka Longy, on longy40@hotmail.co.uk 
 
This year's event has moved location to the Athena in Leicester and is expected to be bigger than ever. The dinner will see 13 awards in total including the four performance player awards.  
 
We are delighted Lingy has been shortlisted. He is currently Umpire Liaison Officer where he has to liaise with senior members of other clubs by phone and email. He started playing hockey when he was 13.  
 
"His commitment to hockey is inspirational not just playing and training, but the fact that he is keen to be involved in a number of administration, umpiring and social aspects," says his nomination.  
 
"Tom Ling is incredibly mature for his years, taking on big roles at the club, not something you would expect of a junior member of any organisation. Not only has he taken on these roles, but he has performed them extremely well," it adds.

Taverham Fashion Show
14 Apr 2017
 
On April 26th Taverham High school is hosting a Fashion Show which will be held at House of Fraser Norwich, this event will see Taverham High Sixth Form Students organise and model at this event. This looks to be a memorable evening with not just a fashion show but also workshops and special offers on the evening.  
 
Tickets will be available from the High School at a cost of £5 per person. We look forward to seeing you at the fashion show and hope to increase our fundraising by much more.  
 
Please contact Arlene Warwick on 01603 860505 or by email A_Warwick@taverhamhigh.norfolk.sch.uk with any queries

Congratulations to Thomas Ling for his nomination as Rising Star for the England Hockey Awards 2017
14 Apr 2017
 
A big congratulations to Thomas Ling for being shortlisted in the final three for the award of Rising Star at the England Hockey Awards 2017. 
 
Good luck with the outcome of awards ceremony Lingy.

Register now for club day on Sunday 20th August
9 Apr 2017
 
Our annual lead up to the new season is always capped off at our Club Day. This year it is on Sunday 20th August at TRF, organised as an inter club mixed festival throughout the day, with the BBQ and bar open and selling food and drink all day. Register your interest in playing via the form on the homepage of our website. All welcome (O13s-O60s) and we mix the standards of players to ensure a fun packed day of enjoyable hockey.

U12 Boys Qualify for National Finals
8 Apr 2017
 
Congratulations to the U12 boys who today qualified for the National Finals which are to be held at Beeston Hockey Club on Saturday 13th May. They narrowly lost to Old Loughtonians in a nail-biting final but as Runners Up qualified.

HOCKEY FOR HEROES CHARITY MATCH
1 Apr 2017
 
Hockey for Heroes Inter Club Charity Match 
 
Book the Date - Thursday, 27th April 2016, at Taverham, from 6.15pm  
The Hockey for Heroes 2017 challenge is to carry an paralysed ex Royal Marine from Cardiff to Lee Valley Stadium (200 miles) and play 3 hockey matches each day over a 10 day period, starting 26th May 2017. Sam and Simeon Tomlinson who are in the squad will be part of this challenge and aim to raise £2000, see www.justgiving.com/fundraising/simeon-tomlinson 
Hockey for Heroes raise funds for Help for Heroes through playing hockey.  
All proceeds for this event will go towards this charity. 
Please contact Sam or Sue if you would like to be part of one of the teams. 
Congratulations also to Hannah Jarvis who has been selected for the Ladies Hockey for Heroes squad

The Womens World Cup 2018 - your exclusive ticket access
1 Apr 2017
 
 Tickets go on sale on Thursday 6 April 12pm, exclusively to the Hockey Family.  
 
Every voice, every cheer, every fan counts - you can be the difference behind the Women's team in their journey to becoming World Champions. 
 
You can buy a maximum of six tickets per transaction, this is to ensure everyone has a fair chance of getting tickets. As it's a World Cup, demand will outweigh supply.  
After a transaction, you're able to go and select more tickets to buy - it's as simple as that!  
 
The Hockey Family priority window closes at 12pm on Monday 24 April 2017 
 
Club committee members will receive an email on 5 April with the ticket link and a unique code specific to our club. 
 
This link will be shared only on the News section and will only be visible to members that login on 5 April.  
 
There are limited England tickets available and with the England v Netherlands match selling out quicker than you can say Women's Hockey World Cup 2018, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss out on!

Norwich City players part of Norfolk Hockey Masters teams in East Regional County Finals
1 Apr 2017
 
Good luck to some of our members from Norwich City Hockey Club, together with players from other Norfolk clubs, who on Sunday 2nd April will be representing Norfolk Masters in the East Regional County Finals at Lee Valley, having seen all teams successful in their qualifying competitions earlier in March. 
 
Norfolk Ladies - Masters O40s 
- Jenny Brine, Karren Dagless, Caroline Illing, Debbie Painter, Serena Scott 
Norfolk Men - Masters O40s 
- Matthew Brine, Nick Hooper, Jason Hyatt, Jon Painter, Jim Pallister 
Norfolk Men - Masters O50s 
- John Ingham, Jon Kidner, Geoff Spencer, Ali Wardale 
 
East Masters Regional County Finals Schedule 
Sunday 2nd April, Lee Valley, London 
10:30 - O40s Ladies (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
11:30 - O40s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Essex 
12:30 - O50s Men (Semi Final) : Norfolk vs Suffolk 
13:30 - O40s Ladies (3/4 Play Offs) 
13:30 - O40s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
14:30 - O40s Ladies (Final) 
14:30 - O50s Mens (3/4 Play Offs) 
15:30 - O40s Mens (Final) 
16:30 - O50s Mens (Final)

Have you booked your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance 2017 on Saturday 6th May?
31 Mar 2017
 
Have you booked your tickets for this years end of season Annual Dinner and Dance, this year being held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is available online via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
Just let us know who you want to sit with, or which team you play with and we'll sort out tables accordingly, so you don't need to worry about sorting out everybody else for your table. 
 
However, if you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

City girls' dev team are league champions
30 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City girls' team have won the development league this season. Fantastic news which means that City are champions of three out of a total of five divisions in the Empresa Norfolk League this year. The City 2s also won the Premier league title and the City 5s the Div 2 title. Great work City! The victorious dev team finished top of their league with 46 points - despite unfortunately having to concede a game and lose the points at the beginning of the season because of lack of availability. The City team finished ahead of Magpies girls on 44 points and Dragons on 38. City were due to play a struggling Dereham team this Saturday, a fixture they expected to win, but the match was conceded because Dereham couldn't field a team. City took the points taking them to the top of their league. Dev captain Kate Houldey thanked the dedicated coaches, both pitch-side and at Wednesday training, the managers and parents for bringing players to matches and supporting from the sidelines. "It's been an amazing season and we've loved it. With everybody's help and our great team spirit we've worked together and improved each week until we finally won the league," she said. "Thanks so much to everybody who has helped, we couldn't have done it without you all. We've had a fantastic team atmosphere and have loved playing together. We won by playing together as a team." After initial availability challenges early in the season, the team was joined by some keen U12 players from the minis and the momentum grew until they were able to field a huge and talented squad every Saturday. Having fun, winning and learning lots - hockey at its best.

Help Shearer Run for Cancer UK
29 Mar 2017
 
A message from Ali: 
"The charity that I'm running for is Children with Cancer UK. I'm hoping to raise £2,000 which goes towards goes towards research in the fields of prevention and treatment, as well as welfare of those already diagnosed. So far I've run around 550 miles in training over 21 weeks and will total around 700 by the time I take the start line on April 23rd. I'm hoping to complete the task in 3 hours 15 minutes or less and so far training has gone really well.  
 
The link to my fundraising page is: 
http://www.justgiving.com/AliShearer

Coaches required for Mens & Womens Senior Teams
20 Mar 2017
 
The club is currently searching for coaches for our Mens and Womens Senior Teams. Whilst we are advertising for these positions on various external websites there may be club members or parents that are aware of suitably qualified coaches that may be interested in these roles.  
Hence, we would like to ask all members to promote our search for coaches and pass on details of the vacancy to any interested coaches. 
 
Details are as follows: 
 
Mens & Womens 1st/2nd Team Coaches 
Closes: 30.04.2017 
Club: Norwich City Hockey Club 
Norwich City Hockey Club are looking to recruit Coaches or Player/Coaches for both the Mens ane Womens 1s and 2s teams for the 2017-2018 season. 
Applicants should be either a Level 2 or higher coach or a Level 1 Player/Coach with East Premier experience to take responsibility for coaching the Mens 1st/2nd XI or Womens 1st/2nd XI with the aim of moving the club forward and pushing towards East Premier and beyond.  
The individual must be available for an evening training session (Men Tuesday 8pm - 10pm; Women Wednesday 8pm - 10pm) and ideally to accompany the 1st XI to Saturday fixtures throughout the year. There is the possibility of an additional midweek session. 
Good communication and motivation skills needed to define tactics and strategy on match days and training nights with knowledge and vision to improve individual players and find talent to bring into our elite squads. 
More information about the club can be found at our website - http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/ 
 
Please submit a CV via email or contact Ali Wardale either via email or on 07798 862956 with any questions or expressions of interest. 
Location: Taverham Recreation Facility, Beech Avenue, Taverham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR8 6HP 
Fees: To be negotiated 
 
Contact: Ali Wardale 
E-mail: enquiries@norwichcityhc.co.uk

FREE Golf Afternoon @ Royal Norwich Golf Club on Sunday 9th April
15 Mar 2017
 
An afternoon of FREE golf has been arranged on Sunday 9th April, dedicated to members, family and friends of Norwich City Hockey Club alone for them to go along and play in a 9 hole competition at Royal Norwich Golf Club, including some sessions on the range with the pro, followed by some refreshments and snacks in the clubhouse afterwards. 
 
Royal Norwich Golf Club are keen to offer members of Norwich City Hockey Club an opportunity to go along and get to experience the wonderful course and facilities that they currently have in Norwich. With the finalising of the move to a new site at the old Weston Park Golf Course they are keen to showcase what they have now and what the plan is for the new facility when they move there in 2019/2020, some amazing changes going on which they would like to let more people know about. 
 
All of this is being offered for FREE as an event purposely for our members, family and friends, so if you are a golfer and keen to go then just get in touch with Pies via golfday@norwichcityhc.co.uk to find out more and to reserve a place. Places will be limited but the hope is that we can accommodate as many as we can that might be keen.

Calling Tough Mudders - Grantham - Sunday 21st May
14 Mar 2017
 
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it's not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it's a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are. 
 
A small 'elite' team, principally from the Mens 5ths have committed for this challenge, but the invite is open for all adult club members to join us. Please speak to Jason Hyatt, Geoff Spencer, Mark Bailey, Ash Bird or Tom Cox for more details. Our team name is the 'Legends', you can register via https://toughmudder.co.uk/events/2017-midlands

Help Geoff, help the British Heart Foundation
14 Mar 2017
 
Geoff Spencer is running his first and last marathon in Brighton on 9th April. His training programme is going well and he is now halfway on his quest to raise £1000. He would be very grateful for your support https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Geoff-Spencer2016

Photo Gallery Updated
12 Mar 2017
 
We've continued to update our photo gallery over recent months, more and more photos being captured by supporters and parents, including Simon Tasker who has agreed to attend a number of our matches at TRF to take side line action shots. The photos submitted by many of you are excellent, the quality of them proving so good that we've found more and more of them appearing alongside our weekly press reports. 
 
If you have any photos you would like to include in the gallery then please send them to gallery@norwichcityhc.co.uk

U12 and U10 Boys Qualify for Regionals
5 Mar 2017
 
Not to be outdone by the girls this morning, Norwich City HC U10 and U12 boys squads also battled the elements at Pelicans and have qualified for the Regional Championships. Congratulations and well done to all the players and coaches.

U12 Girls County Champions 2016/17 Season
5 Mar 2017
 
Norwich City HC U12 Girls squad have qualified for the Regionals as County Champions. The U10 Girls have also qualified as Runners Up. Congratulations to both squads, weather conditions were appalling but they battled through.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for January - R. Wardale, S. Humphrey and M. Brighton.
28 Feb 2017
 
Congratulations to our JANUARY 2017 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: Ramon Wardale 
Runner-up: Stephen Humphrey 
Third Place: Mark Brighton  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

3k, 5k, 10k - how far do you run in a match?
23 Feb 2017
 
Do you track your fitness during training and matches? Lots of players do, including NCHC's own men's captain Matthew Brine, aka 'Pies'?  
 
The picture of red, blue and yellow lines shows exactly what Pies was up to in his match where he played on the forward line. It even tracked his route to the pitch - the solitary line on the right in blue!  
 
The data behind this picture, tracked with a Microsoft band, reveals Pies ran 6.5k in the recent Men's o40 master's quarter finals away at Newark. The team won on penalty flicks and now face Stockton away in the semi-finals. Red = fast running, orange = medium running and blue = slow.  
 
Do you track your matches and can you beat 6.5k? Get in touch and let us know how far you run or have any other interesting tracking data. Your recommendations for the best fitness trackers for hockey would also be great - either by email liz@lizhollis.co.uk or via the club facebook page.

Wanted: your nomination for 'club person of the year' award
21 Feb 2017
 
Do you have any suggestions about who should be named as this year's NCHC 'club person of the year'?  
The trophy is designed to honour somebody who has gone above and beyond their club role or playing duties. It could be the umpire who turns out every single Saturday but their loyalty and commitment have never been formally recognised. It might be the official or captain who puts in long hours and effort to make sure the club or team runs smoothly. It could be the coach who goes the extra mile to help players perform better. Whatever it is, if you have noticed what they have done and feel everybody else should too - then please let us know.  
There is a male and a female award and they will be handed out at this year's club dinner dance in May. Let us know their name and a brief summary of why you think they deserve to win. Nominations by 12 March please to club chair Karen Dagless via secretary Harriet secretary@norwichcityhc.co.uk or 07817 826321

City Success in EH Junior Cup Competitions
19 Feb 2017
 
Norwich City's success continues in the Junior Cup Competitions with the U16 Boys joining the U16 Girls and U14 Boys in reaching the Regional Finals. The U16 Boys travelled to Ipswich East Suffolk today knowing they were already almost through. However, with an excellent display of attacking hockey, the boys put this beyond doubt, winning 10-1 and gaining automatic qualification to the Regional Finals.  
 
The U16 Girls had already qualified for the Regional Finals with a game to spare, and topped this off today with a convincing 4-1 win over Norwich Dragons. Finally, after some good results, the u14 Boys were guaranteed qualification when Bury St Edmond's conceded their final game which would have taken place today.  
 
With only the U14 girls narrowly missing out, City has qualified in three of the four competitions, which equals our best season so far. Added to this, with the u18 Boys now in the Quarter Finals of the U18 Plate competition, this is already a very good year for City Juniors at all age levels. 
 
The U16 Boys and Girls and U14 Boys now go into Regional Finals in March, where they will each play against three other teams in a round robin, with the overall winners going through to the National Finals in April. We wish them all well.

Helpers needed for Monday night Keeper training 13/02/17
9 Feb 2017
 
We are always in need of helpers for keeper training. Keeper training runs every other Monday and is open to all levels.  
 
The sessions run as below for the keepers, but you can help at with what ever is best for you.  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Mens 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
6.30pm - 8.00pm : Ladies 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Devs  
 
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Mens 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
8.00pm - 9.30pm : Ladies 1st, 2nd, 3rd  
 
The sessions are free to helpers and great practice for your hitting and shooting!  
 
The next training session is the 13th February, If you can help please contact us using the details below.  
 
If you are unable to help with the 13th but can help with another session below is a list of dates.  
27/02 13/03  
 
If you can help with any of these please contact Joby via  
email: jobii2710@gmail.com  
or  
Phone: 07584124158

Annual Dinner Dance 2017 at Norwich City Football Club on Saturday 6th May 2017
9 Feb 2017
 
The club's Annual Dinner and Dance has now been booked and will be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at Norwich City Football Club, Top of the Terrace, Carrow Road (7.00pm).  
 
Ticket Prices - £39 adults, £36 juniors/U18s  
 
This includes a three course meal with coffee and mints, disco, club presentations, raffle and much much more!!)  
 
Arrival - 7.00pm with the meal starting promptly at 7.30pm  
 
Payment can be made via the club's website, using PayPal or by cheque or by cash to either Ellie Brine or to her via your captain.  
 
Ordering tickets, for yourself or a group of people, plus selection of menu choices is now available via our website (http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/dinnerdance).  
 
If you want to know more or to arrange a group booking then please drop an email to dinnerdance@norwichcityhc.co.uk

Club and juniors teams going strong in England Hockey National Competitions
7 Feb 2017
 
Many of our club and junior teams are continuing their successful road to Lee Valley to reach the semis and finals of their various England Hockey National Competitions. 
 
Our mens 1s had a successful win at the weekend beating Barton on penalty strokes to progress to the Quarter Finals of the EH Mens Trophy. 
 
EH Mens Trophy (Quarter Finals) - Mens 1s vs Oxford (Home, 26/2) 
 
Our mens and ladies masters teams continue their campaigns as well, both playing this weekend with the men away at Newark in the Quarter Finals and the ladies at home to Redbridge and Ilford in their Last 16 fixture. 
 
EH Mens O40s Shield (Quarter Finals) - Mens Masters vs Newark (Away, 12/2) 
EH Womens O45s Plate (Last 16) - Womens Masters vs Redbridge & Ilford (Home, 12/2) 
 
The mixed team have a repeat fixture to this time last season when they went on to beat Dereham at home, hopefully they can repeat that performance and beat them again this season to progress further in the top flight of the Mixed Trophy competition. 
 
EH Mixed Trophy (Round 2) - Mixed vs Dereham (Away, 19/2) 
 
The junior sides continue to show the fantastic success of our youth section and the future of our club. Our U18 boys beat Lindum at the weekend and have now drawn an away trip to National League club Bowdon (near Manchester) in the Quarter Finals, whilst the U16s and U14s girls and boys play their final matches to hopefully secure their places in the Regional Finals of their respective competitions. 
 
EH U18 Boys Plate (Quarter Finals) - U18 Boys vs Bowdon (Away, 19/2 or 26/2) 
EH U16 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Boys vs Ipswich (Away, 19/2) 
EH U14 Boys Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Boys vs Bury St Edmunds (Away, 19/2) 
EH U16 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U16 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Home, 19/2) 
EH U14 Girls Cup (Qualifiers) - U14 Girls vs Norwich Dragons (Away, 19/2) 
 
Good luck to all of our teams during the busy month of February and hopefully they can continue their journeys to get to the finals weekends at Lee Valley. If we can get a home crowd to cheer them on I am sure the players would be delighted for the support. 
 
Our website fixtures page will continue to show all the games taking place throughout February.

U16 Girls Qualify for Regional Finals
6 Feb 2017
 
With one qualifying game remaining the U16 girls are already assured of competing in the regional finals. Their 4-1 win at Sudbury on Sunday coupled with Magpies defeat of Dragons means that whatever the results in the final round of matches qualification has already been achieved. It would be in their favour to win the group and currently they sit top with a two goal difference advantage over Magpies  
- the final game against Dragons at Taverham on the 19th will all be about goals scored!!

Annual Golf Day 2017
1 Feb 2017
 
This years Annual Golf Day has been booked at Barnham Broom again, on Friday 14th July. The event is open to all members, family and friends and it takes the format of two rounds of golf (one being a pairs/team competition and the other an individual competition), there is bacon roll/coffee/tea on arrival, lunch and an evening meal. The price is £60 per player and numbers are strictly limited unfortunately due to restrictions on tee times. Book online now via our website at http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/golfday

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for December 2016 - R. Hagen, N. Hales and B. Marr
24 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our DECEMBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: ROGER HAGEN 
Runner-up: NICK HALES  
Third Place: BRIAN MARR 
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.

Supersixes - Everything Bar the Result for City
23 Jan 2017
 
City's U16 Boys competed well on the second day of the National Finals, but ultimately couldn't get the win they were looking for. First up was Premier Division Surbiton in what was always going to be a difficult task against a squad packed with junior national players. City held Surbiton for the first few minutes, with Harry Paterson hitting the post. However, despite City dominating possession, Surbiton then started to score regularly, leaving City in the curious position of playing really well but losing 7-0. Man of the match was Dan Phillips. 
 
City's final game was against Doncaster HC. City upped their performance again, keeping possession and finding good positions. However, Doncaster converted a short corner against the run of play, leaving City to come from behind. City equalised twice, first through a lovely Cameron Cooke solo goal and then through a well taken George Harrad deflection. Despite City hitting the post twice, having two cleared off the line and a couple of open goals missed, it was Doncaster who scored the winner in an exciting game. 
 
It is rare to play so well for four games and not get the results. However, the City boys will take away a lot from the experience of playing in the Finals against the top clubs in the country in front of a large gallery. The squad worked really well together, dug deep and improved in every game they played. They were a pleasure to coach and a credit to the Club. Roll on next year!

A Tough First Day for City in the National Indoor Finals
22 Jan 2017
 
Norwich City U16 Boys had a tough first day at the National Finals in Wolverhampton, where they played well but with little reward. The first game was against an upbeat Repton team who had won their first game 6-0 and were in the swing of the tournament. City started slowly and were 4-0 down at the break but, after a tough half time team talk, came out much more strongly in the second half. Despite several good chances, City could not claw back the deficit, finishing 6-2 down. Goalscorers were Harry Bassett and Dan Phillips, with the Man of the Match being keeper Ben Millett. 
 
Our second game against Cheltenham was a tough end-to-end affair which could have been won by either team. However, with a couple of short corner decisions going their way, Cheltenham came out with a 5-3 victory. Our goalscorers were Sam Bingham, Cameron Cooke and Harry Paterson with the man of the match being Tom Bailey 
 
Despite the results, the boys remain positive and confident going into the second day, with matches against Surbiton and Doncaster to come.

City U16 Boys Compete This Weekend In Indoor National Finals
20 Jan 2017
 
This weekend our U16 Boys travel to Wolverhampton for the National Finals of the England Hockey Supersixes competition - or indoor hockey as it is more commonly known. Having won the Norfolk County Championship and then qualified unbeaten through the regional round, City will compete this weekend as one of the Top 10 Clubs in the country. 
 
The competition is split into two groups of five, with the top two teams from each group going through to the semi-finals on Sunday. City is in a group with Repton, Cheltenham, Surbiton and Doncaster. 
 
It is a massive achievement getting to the National Finals and we wish the squad well for what should be an exciting weekend. 
 
Squad: Ben Millett, Sam Bingham, Dan Phillips, Harry Paterson, Ben Withers, Cameron Cooke, George Harrad, Harry Basset and Tom Bailey

Access to the Norwich City HC website is now even easier with apps for Apple and Android
20 Jan 2017
 
The guys at Empresa Limited have been working to help us create a mobile "App" to provide easy access to our Norwich City HC website from your Apple or Android phones (Windows Phone will be coming shortly!). 
 
Just visit the appropriate store for your phone (Apple Store, Google Play, etc) and search for "Norwich City Hockey Club" and download and install our FREE App.

Clothing Update
19 Jan 2017
 
We have recently had an update from Aquila regarding the latest clothing order to be submitted to the production team. Unfortunately there was a software issue which caused the wrong logo to be added to the production sheets sent to the factory for the order closed in October, and this was only spotted when the items were being packed to ship back to england. I'm afraid this means that the items will have to be produced again so we are likely to have to wait another 8 weeks for these items to arrive. I can only apologise on behalf of Aquila for the amount of time that you have had to wait but i'm sure you will appreciate this was out of our control.  
 
If you ordered any items for junior members direct from aquila there may be an opportunity for you to amend the size of your order if required, but you should be contacted by Aquila in the near future regarding this.

UMPIRING SUCCESS
18 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to Ellie Hoben, Ellyn Roberts, Fred Anthony, Doug Tomlinson and Edie Mason who recently all completed their level 1 umpiring course. Its great to see 5 new young umpires in the club, well done all!

NHUA - Umpiring Workshop
18 Jan 2017
 
A message from Alan Jones, NHUA President 
 
"We are running another of our Workshops at TRF (Beech Road, Taverham, NR8 6HP) starting at 7:30pm finishing around 9:00pm ish. We have booked the bar so you will be able to refresh yourselves. 
 
Wrap up warm as the bulk of the session will be demonstrated outside on the pitch. 
 
We have asked Phil Skinner to cover the lifted and carried ball; the ball deliberately hit over the back line and obstruction. And I hope we will have some time inside to take you up the "ladder of control". 
 
All are welcome, no matter what standard or umpiring experience you have. 
 
We also invite the Club ULOs to advertise this session to all players and umpires in their clubs. Everyone involved in Hockey should be interested and aware of how and what the current interpretations of the rules are."

U10 and U12 Boys and Girls Mini Coaching Cancelled Sun 15th Jan
15 Jan 2017
 
All U10 and U12 boys and girls outdoor coaching cancelled at TRF (Club) due to weather conditions on Sunday 15th Jan. 
 
U8 coaching going ahead indoors at Langley Prep at Taverham Hall Sports Hall from 9-10.30am

Frozen pitches at Taverham sadly result in very little league hockey this weekend
14 Jan 2017
 
Unfortunately the weather had the better of the pitches at Taverham and across the region this weekend, with very little hockey being played this Saturday due to frozen pitches. 
 
Please keep an eye out on the website for notification as the league games are rearranged, for some this is likely to be either 18th February or possibly 1st April. The fixtures will be updated once pitches have been booked and times have been agreed between both teams.

Congratulations to NCHC Lottery Winners for November - D. Dack, D. Taylor and P. Wright
8 Jan 2017
 
Congratulations to our NOVEMBER 2016 winners of the NCHC Club and Ground Lottery, an event we have been running since the club was founded in 1990, raising invaluable funds for the club and more recently being used as part funding towards the relaying of the sand pitch.  
 
Winner: DEREK DACK 
Runner-up: DAN TAYLOR 
Third Place: PETER WRIGHT  
 
You can join the lottery for as little as £1.50 per ticket per month and stand the chance of winning any of our monthly and annual prizes, three prizes each draw and a major prize will now be drawn at our Annual Dinner Dance each year. To find out more check out our website page http://www.norwichcityhc.co.uk/lottery/ or contact lottery@norwichcityhc.co.uk for more details.


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